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 (ŏsh′o͞o-ĕr′ē, ŏs′yo͞o-)
n. pl. os·su·ar·ies
A container or receptacle, such as an urn or a vault, for holding the bones of the dead.

[Late Latin ossuārium, from neuter of Latin ossuārius, of bones, from os, oss-, bone; see ost- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -aries
(Archaeology) any container for the burial of human bones, such as an urn or vault
[C17: from Late Latin ossuārium, from Latin os bone]


(ˈɒʃ uˌɛr i, ˈɒs yu-)

n., pl. -ar•ies.
a place for the bones of the dead.
[1650–60; < Latin ossuārium, derivative of ossu(a) bones]


- From Latin os, "bone," it is any receptacle—urn, vault, etc.—for the bones of the dead.
See also related terms for vault.

ossuarium, ossuary

a place or receptacle for the bones of the dead. See also death.
See also: Bones
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ossuary - any receptacle for the burial of human bonesossuary - any receptacle for the burial of human bones
receptacle - a container that is used to put or keep things in


A burial place or receptacle for human remains:


[ˈɒsjʊərɪ] Nosario m


nOssarium nt; (= building also)Beinhaus nt
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In an announcement last week, the CING said the mistake was discovered after new genetic testing was conducted on remains exhumed this year and it concerns the remains found in the ossuary buried at the Makedonitissa memorial cemetery.
Contract notice: Supply of coffins, urns, upholstery, accessories, crosses and ossuary boxes for cemetery and funeral service of the city of monfalcone.
But read collectively for the coded dramatic narrative embedded in the transformation of the images that were central to Yeats's graves--the crypt, the ghost, the epitaph, and the audience or passerby--the poems in Last Poems embody a realization that this impulse is less vital, and less fitting, than a heroic submission to the uncertain afterlife and afterwards offered by the ossuary (p.
Aryeh Shimron have linked an ossuary, or bone box, inscribed with the phrase "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus" by its chemical "fingerprint" to a tomb encased in a rose garden between a group of nondescript apartments in Talpiot, a Jerusalem suburb.
The Late Woodland ossuary of Nanjemoy Creek, Maryland (Ubelaker 1974), shows a pattern typical of secondary deposition, with marked under-representation of small and fragile elements due to loss or destruction during transport and redeposition.
They served as an underground ossuary for more than 6 million skeletons.
This hell on earth saw the bones from hundreds of thousands of the fallen cleared from the battlefield after the war and held on grisly display in the ossuary of the national memorial.
The writer Jules Claretie compared the juxtapositions in 1881 to 'an immense mausoleum where, pell-mell, as in an ossuary, all the detritus of Paris gathered, high and low life'.
This is not the first time that the monument a ossuary of Soviet soldiers has been vandalized.
She models how attentiveness to the fragmented and scattered dynamics of the text enacts a refusal to indulge in a fantasy of literature as undoing the violence of the past, concluding that "Brand's exhumation of a non-existent ossuary is as imperative as it is impossible" (104).
Ten months of attrition and slaughter result in a million casualties, the bleached bones of many of them now piled in viewing galleries at the epic Douaumont ossuary.
They might relocate them under roofs and vaults if necessary, but no one would dare throw them into a common ossuary.